Posts Tagged ‘WWII’

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us…” -President Franklin D. Roosevelt


PFC Turk Seelye

That’s what my friend Turk Seelye calls it.

The Great War.

He can call it whatever he wants. He is a hero who nearly lost his life fighting to keep our nation the home of the free. And, because of honorable men just like him, the home of the brave.

69 years ago today, we were forced into the great war when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Check out the radio broadcast (hat tip to JB) and imagine yourself as a young man listening intently and gearing up to enlist.

Talk about a life decision.

That’s what continues to make this country the greatest nation on the planet. Guys like Turk Seelye and the thousands of other men so absolutely selfless they’d fight anyone to protect what’s right.

Have a relative that fought in a WWII – or any combat for that matter? Call them and thank them. Shake their hand. They don’t want to be called heroes, but they’ll soak up your appreciation.

It’s somewhat of a coincidence that Julian Assange was arrested today – although somehow not for his connection in releasing confidential information via WikiLeaks. He was arrested for rape. Makes me wonder what would’ve happened to this moron if he would’ve released information during the 40’s or 50’s… Jimmy Hoffa, anyone?

2 Hours With A Hero

Posted: April 12, 2010 in life
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Pfc Turk Seelye

I got to spend a few quality hours with a WWII veteran.  A real hero. Pfc Turk Seelye of the 82nd Airborne.

It’s hard for me to imagine our great nation without Cindy Sheehan, Fred Phelps and so many other extremist protesters that make America look terrible. If this country is so terrible, why are they still here? Because we tolerate them.

These groups didn’t exist in 1940. Our nation wasn’t forced to be tolerant of society’s desires.

People seemed to live a life of hard work and ownership. They ended the day when the sun went down and they could hang their hat on their work. They didn’t sue each other. Men ran their families with discipline and love. They stood up for what was right – and volunteered their lives for it.

They simply did the right thing. And they did it well.

Mr. Seelye was kind enough to share his stories of joining the Army, his time in Africa as the U.S. was entering the war (The Great War as he referred to it), invading Italy and overtaking Sicily, and his combat on D-Day.

He would start some stories with a laugh and others with his eyes so big, you felt like you were fighting right along with him in France.

At one point, his wife came in and said “Does he look like a hero?”. His response was the same as so many veterans, “I’m not a hero.”

We could all learn a lesson from these heroes. Humility. Honor. Integrity. Discipline. Just to name a few.

I’ll have detailed stories from Mr. Seelye later – it’s taken me over a week to write this post. After all, how do you pay honor to a guy who nearly lost his life for my freedoms?

Pfc Turk Seelye